The Gil Pensioners Party's governing secretariat will meet soon to discuss the party's future after fired faction chairman Moshe Sharoni threatened a split.
Sharoni backtracked on Tuesday from his threat to immediately break off from the party along with his political allies, MKs Elhanan Glazer and Sarah Marom-Shalev.
But he said that the decision to oust him was undemocratic, and called the party's chairman, Pensioners Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan, cold-hearted.
"I asked for an immediate meeting of the party secretariat," Sharoni told Channel 10. "I think the secretariat will be with me. [But] there are steps before a split. It's wrong to split a party that could last for many years."
The Gil faction met for the first time under the leadership of its new whip, MK Yitzhak Galanti on Tuesday, but discussed the 2008 state budget rather than internal party problems.
The news came instead from outside the meeting, where Eitan caused a stir when he lightly tapped party activist Rachel Azaria, who was blocking his path and shouting at him in Sharoni's defense.
"I ask you - from the formation of the state, has anyone legislated a law for the pensioners? Nada!" Azaria shouted. When Eitan tapped her out of the way, she said, "With force, with violence? Wonderful.
Violence in the Knesset!"
Azaria threatened to complain to the Knesset Ethics Committee against Eitan. But he accused her of attacking him - and said he felt no need to apologize to her.
Channel 2's Amit Segal reported that the Prime Minister's Office took credit for the departure of Sharoni, who was one of the most vocal critics of the government in the coalition.